From the D.C. area, drummer Denise Johnson started playing drums in her junior year of high school with the church as her strongest aspiration. Denise began performing with the gospel choir of Mount Vernon, NY. Denise also played for the the Mount Vernon High School Broadway productions. Although Denise never had formal drum lessons, she was well on her way to success. In Virginia, she continued to play at churches. She worked with many local groups, perfecting her gift over the years. The music of well-known gospel groups Steele Family, Singing Angels, Percy Johnson and Eternal Life became a part of her repertoire. She participated in many studio recordings. In 1993, Denise started her a female gospel band Rejuvenation with drums, percussions, keyboards, bass guitar, saxophone, rapper, background and lead vocals. The band performed at prisons, recreation centers, shelters and churches. They performed with Darryl Coley, Helen Baylor, Angelo and Veronica, Tyrone Powell and the Friends of Christ, and other groups. In October 2000, Denise sat in with the all girl band Syxx, formerly known as 4YP. She was introduced to different styles of music and, during the 2 year contract, performed for Stevie Wonder and appeared on the Michel Wright Show 8101. Denise played for youth choirs and churches, for Iyanla Vanzant's Graduation ceremony for 2 years with other talented gospel musicians and for Nintendo to promote the music program WiiMusic. She performed the interactive drums as well as from the library of 100 instruments. Denise played for the The Intruders, Allie, The Briscoe Brothers, Cornell Stone, The Francis Coates Project and LadyRhythm. Currently, she plays with Aleksis Bilmanis, Franky the Genius and Calton Coffie of the Bad Boys of Trenchtown (Bad Boys song from Cops TV Show).
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